CULTIVATING AWARENESS: PAFURI YOGA WALKING RETREAT

The Retreat

Awareness is unlimited. It is always with us, unchanging, and yet often it appears fleeting.

It is the space within which everything is arising but we have to learn how to access it. How to rest in it.

It is a basic teaching of yoga, that we have within us the power to live in the present but yet we spend so much time in our modern world holding onto the past and fretting about the future.

Patangali’s Yoga Sutras begin by defining yoga as mastery over the fluctuations of the mind and explains that when the mind is steady and calm we will then know our true nature.

These fluctuations are often called the monkey mind – like busy monkeys leaping from branch to branch. Our words and actions follow our mind and this makes us scattered. But when we learn to quieten the monkey mind, we can become truly attentive in our lives. We can connect with who we really are. We can live in ease. We can commune with life.

This state is is known as samadhi, bliss or ecstasy and is a state of complete absorption. We are fully present and aware. We are connected.

What better way to practice being fully present than a walking safari through the awe inspiring, pristine wilderness of the northern Kruger National Park.

This ancient land embraced by mountains and gorges, baobabs and fever trees offers an unrivalled walking experience.

We invite you to spend hours each day walking silently with us through the magnificent African bush with the chance of learning from animals in their untouched habitat.

Here, Awareness of every step you take, each sound you hear, each sight you see will magnify your experience of the vast, untamed wilderness. You realize that as awareness, you are all of it and it all of you.

Camping just meters away from the Luvuvu River, which is famous for drawing in big herds of elephants, you will live close to nature. Unhindered by borders, the wildlife roams free between South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Here you experience the true meaning of wilderness and come to rest, aware of your true nature.

ABOUT THE AREA:

The private Pafuri concession – within the world-famous Kruger National Park – lies in a vast, almost inaccessible triangle of wilderness between the Limpopo and Luvuvhu rivers, along South Africa’s north-eastern frontier. Between them, the two great valleys embrace one of Africa’s most spectacular landscapes, with mountains and gorges in the west giving way to plains, pans, baobabs and fever tree forests in the east.

This ancient land, particularly the low-lying floodplains near the confluence at Crooks’ Corner where our camp is located, harbours an abundance of life. It’s a natural choke point for wildlife crossing from north to south and back, and forms a distinct ecological region. Huge herds of elephant, buffalo and other game congregate here, especially when the surrounding bush lies parched before the rains. Predators and scavengers, ranging from the great cats and hyenas to servals, genets, civets, caracals, amongst many others, find shelter here.

The area is also famous for its elephant herds in winter, which come to drink from the Luvuvhu river.

The wildlife roams without the hindrance of borders in a trans-frontier park that spans 3 countries. The diversity also brings a profusion of birds, with numerous sightings in what bird lovers regard as South Africa’s most rewarding birding destination.

While comprising only about 1% of the Kruger National Park’s actual area, Pafuri contains plants and animals representing almost 75% of the Parks total diversity.

WHO IS THIS RETREAT AIMED AT?

This is an exclusive, next-level wilderness yoga retreat, designed for those looking to gain self understanding through movement, breath and quality time in nature. Some level of yoga experience preferable but not essential.

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Retreat Content

14-18 May

~ Daily dawn & dusk wilderness explorations (mostly walking though we may have some afternoon drives): expect an invitation to silence on many of these. A medium level of fitness required.

~ Jivamukti and Yin yoga (asanas, meditation & breath-work practices atop remote rocky outcrops with vast expanses of wilderness below.)

~ Journaling

~ Sharing understandings in group gatherings with like-minded community

~ Time to rest, relax, swim in the river, read, sleep and integrate learnings

~ Story sharing around the fire in the evenings

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Investment in Yourself

EARLY BIRD (ends 14 Feb): R17 495

Full rate: R 19 495

Rates are per person sharing in African bush tents, with exquisite attention to detail, and all the necessities for your comfort – crisp linen, an ensuite bathroom, private outdoor bucket shower with water heated to your preference. The experience is as close to nature as you can possibly be, whilst having all creature comforts catered to.

Includes: 2 guided walks per day with expert guides and trackers, a possible game drive, all facilitation, 3 nourishing vegetarian/vegan meals per day, sundowner drinks and snacks, and shared accommodation.

Space strictly limited to 7 guests, and pre-booking with a non-refundable 50% deposit essential to reserve your place.

This Does not Include

Your investment will not include airfare, transport to and from Pafuri or gratuities. We can help with organising transport to and from Pafuri at an extra charge (amount will depend on number of guests requesting this minibus service).

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Meet Your Hosts

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Meet Amy

It’s true what they say about a name because being born an Attenborough, Amy doesn’t believe she ever really had much choice about what direction her life would take. After completing her Journalism and Media Studies degree Amy followed her deep love of nature to the bush. She planned to stay for a year, which quickly turned into ten.

During that time, she worked at Phinda Private Game Reserve, Ngala Private Game Reserve and Londolozi Game Reserve, some of South Africa’s most prestigious lodges. She took a particular liking to walking, spending as much time as she could on foot approaching animals with her guests. She has travelled to Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, India, Uganda and throughout South America in search of wildlife. Her greatest adventure was living in Gabon training local guides for the WWF and Smithsonian Institute, where they spent weeks at a time living like early nomads in the dense and remote coastal forests, fulfilling a life-long dream of tracking and habituating wild gorillas.

Nature has always been her biggest teacher. Seeing how embodied and present animals are inspired Amy to begin practising yoga. She is qualified as a vinyasa and yin teacher and spent six months training under a Hatha master in Boulder, Colorado. She is also a certified Martha Beck life coach. With this mixture of passions and skills, Amy leads specialised wellness safaris that incorporate yoga, meditation, mindfulness and personalised life coaching in order to restore body, mind and spirit in the most beautiful wilderness locations on the continent.

Nicci Cox

Meet Nicci

I only discovered my love for the bush in 2003, when my then boyfriend (now husband) took me on a day trip to the Kruger National Park. When a giraffe crossed the path of our car, I fell in love not only with the man sitting next to me but the wildness and adventure that the bush had to offer.

An insatiable craving for the wilderness led to a holiday home in Olifants North Game Reserve in 2007 where I started to spend extended amounts of time exploring, learning and immersing myself in nature. Since then we have done multiple trips throughout Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Tanzania as well as worked in Kenya and Ghana.

I started to practice yoga in 2015. In 2018, after losing the heart for advertising, I left a 20 year career behind to practice, study and teach yoga.

In 2019, I travelled to Costa Rica to complete the Jivamukti 300 hour teacher training in the stunning wilderness area of Nosara, which got me thinking, how do I combine my passions into one?

Call it fate, serendipity or karma but a mutual friend introduced Amy and I and as they say, the rest is history.

I am extensively travelled, ridiculously organised, and very detail oriented. I am a lover of upside down poses, adventure, the beach and wilderness, and with over 600 hours of yoga training behind me now a certified Jivamukti teacher. I am currently working towards a FGASA Apprentice Field Guide qualification.

I firmly believe in embodying the tenets of my practice but first and foremost – kindness and compassion for the earth and all its beings, through my thoughts, words and actions.

Being part of the Wild Again team means combining all my passions for the bush, yoga, wellness and travel into one incredible adventure.

I cannot wait to re-connect you with Africa, its wild inhabitants and ultimately yourself.

Testimonials

Sue and Stu Stobbs, RSA

“Amy’s connection with nature is unparalleled, and we both lapped up everything she had to share with us… An incredibly unique experience. You truly get  to FEEL the bush… The yoga classes with Nicci were cleverly balanced. You worked hard but came out feeling relaxed and in touch with your body… her positive energy is infectious… Amy and Nicci make a wonderful team. We came away feeling truly relaxed and in touch with Mother Nature and ourselves… We’ve already booked our next adventure with them. YAY!”

Diana Fu, Taiwan

“Wow it was like a dream come true. The retreat far exceeded my expectations and I’ve learnt so much about myself and nature… Nicci and Amy are amazing and customized the retreat in such a way that everyone felt they got what they needed and more… Everything was perfect. I have never felt so calm, peaceful and present. You have set the gold standard for yoga retreats and I cannot wait for your next one.”

RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY BY EMAILING

Amy at amy@wildagain.africa

or Nicci at nicci@wildagain.africa